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3.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Headphone Commute ,

Headphone Commute Review

Emeralds is a Cleveland, Ohio based trio of John Elliott, Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschlidt, who have been recording together since 2006. In the last six years the group produced about eighteen full-length releases, with the last one, titled Does it Look Like I’m Here? released by Editions Mego in 2010. After a two-year silence Emeralds return to the label with their staple guitar-driven synth-pop bringing back the nostalgic elements of krautrock’s pioneers like Coil, Popol Vuh, and of course, Tangerine Dream. The upbeat arpeggios are driving the organic build ups of textures, layered with synthesized pads, soaring guitar leads, and tireless drum machines rhythms. And just as effortlessly, Just To Feel Anything dives into slow paced ambient waves, where the group is relying on strong song structure, featuring contemplative acoustic guitar and lush atmospherics. “With Just to Feel Anything, Emeralds shine a laser-sharp light into the future, while preserving their uniquely intelligent historical perspective. The long-awaited next chapter in the Emeralds discography is finally here, emerging as a sophisticated progression in both sound and structure.” Although Emeralds’ previous album is the most known release (which earned them an appearance alongside Godspeed You! Black Emperor at All Tomorrow’s Parties), the individual members have many solo albums behind their belt. Mark McGuire, for example, has numerous releases on Wagon and Editions Mego, not counting his collaboration with Charles Berlitz as Inner Tube and their latest self-titled album on Pacific City Sound Visions. Steve Hauschildt is also a known a known name around the block, and you should most likely recognize his name from 2011 Tragedy & Geometry released by Kranky. It’s really nice to see the group back in the studio. Let’s hope the fans will follow through…

lexcage22 ,

no no no!

what happened? noooo no no no. oh god i was anticipating this ever since their last record two years ago, which to be blunt, puts this to shame. what the hell is this? why did they replace the shifty spacy unpredictability for this clean sounding garbage? alright, i'm being too critical, because this album does have some really nice moments, but for me I can't believe where this album is in terms of the potential of these unbelievably talented and innovative musicians. sigh, i had such high hopes....i guess i'll just wait for the next release from them

Gnog Nogn ,

Motorik

Certainly a less cosmic release, but this is a fine set of Krautrock-inspired tunes.

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